Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Steampunk, Gothic Horror, YA, NA and Adult
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
About four years ago. I had written three books by then and was about to have my first book published and I realized that this is what I wanted to do.
What do you consider the most influential book you've ever read?
Wow, uhm, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett or DragonLance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Both of them changed the way I looked at books and fiction and made me believe for the first time in people that weren’t real.
What other authors are you friends with, and how have they helped you become a better writer?
Oh man, I have about two thousand authors on my friends list. I go to a lot of conventions and meet tons of people. I would say though that my close friends have helped me by pushing me to go farther and be better and not just settle for being okay or good. They also inspire me to keep going when I want to quit for a while.
What’s the best way you've found to market your books?
Write good books. Write them fast and release frequently. Have great covers and good blurbs and have an ever growing newsletter list.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Depends on the book. Most require minimal research but my Fairytale Retelling series Fairelle took quite a bit since I needed to flesh out my world building a lot and figure out which technologies I would include and which I wouldn’t. I did a lot of studying up on terminology for the Fudal system. If I’m writing in a real city I’ll do a lot of research about that city to make sure things are accurate.
Any last thoughts for our readers?
Read what you love. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from your passion. Try new authors there are millions out there. And if you read a book you like, the best thing you can do for an author is leave a review.
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